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2018 March 14 - 04:36 pm

Grants and Gifts

A Summary Listing of Grants and Gifts at Colleges Around the Nation

Pictured are UA Cossatot Development Coordinator Dustin Roberts receiving the donation from Marian Chandler, Lawrence Allen Wishard, Andrea Wishard, and Stephanie Chandler-Wishard.

Terry Newhard, CEO of NORWESCAP, second from left, presents a check to establish the NORWESCAP Legacy Fund to RVCC Professor Karen Gutshall-Seidman, third from left. With them are professors Karen Gaffney, left, and Alicia Liss, right.

The University of Arkansas Cossatot Foundation received a second Legacy 2020 capital campaign donation from the Chandler- Wishard family. Computer Lab 506 in the Allison Building on the De Queen campus is now named the Chandler- Wishard Computer Lab to recognize the $8,000 donation.

Marian Chandler, Lawrence Allen Wishard, Andrea Wishard, and Stephanie Chandler-Wishard presented the donation to the UA Cossatot Foundation. The Chandler- Wishard family own and operate Chandler Funeral Home in De Queen, Arkansas. Lawrence Allen Wishard, funeral home manager, stated, “A world of opportunities can open through education. My family and I hope that our contribution will make that possible for individuals in the future.” The UA Cossatot Foundation Legacy 2020 campaign focuses on community members that wish to invest in the development of the college in Sevier, Howard and Little River counties. A naming opportunity is available to donors who want to leave a visible legacy in their community.

“It is exciting that the Chandler-Wishard family has decided to make a second donation to the Legacy 2020 campaign. Their commitment to higher education and our local students is truly inspiring,” said UA Cossatot Coordinator of Development Dustin Roberts.

The Community College of Baltimore County has been awarded a $980,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of its Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities program. CCBC will collaborate with Johns Hopkins University, awarded $745,000 for the project, on humanities curriculum and pedagogy to inspire students by deepening learning experiences, enriching the humanities experience through course content and design, focusing on recruitment, retention and transfer success, and strengthening faculty connections between the institutions. The three-year initiative, titled Humanities for All, will pair CCBC honors students with JHU graduate students for deep reading exercises, provide training to JHU faculty and graduate students in its nationally-recognized program in Culturally Responsive Teaching, and create opportunities for JHU faculty and postdoctoral students to teach at CCBC. The initiative will also leverage JHU’s tradition of excellence in the humanities to develop a Symposium Series, create a Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, and establish articulation agreements to support a seamless transition for CCBC humanities honors students aspiring to transfer. According to CCBC’s President Sandra Kurtinitis, “Thousands of CCBC students will benefit from Mellon’s recognition that the democratization of the humanities in America does indeed begin with the community college. And, the enthusiasm of the faculty involved in developing this program has been inspiring. They all bring a profound commitment to students.” The Humanities for All Initiative is led by Co-Principal Investigators Monica Walker, CCBC’s dean of developmental education and special academic programs and Joel Schildbach, JHU’s vice dean for undergraduate education for the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences.

NORWESCAP, a nonprofit social service agency dedicated to creating “a united community transforming poverty into opportunity” has awarded the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation a $34,000 grant to establish the NOR- WESCAP Legacy Fund. The fund will provide emergency support for students enrolled at RVCC and help to defray the cost of rent, food, car repairs, child care, or other basic needs. A student may receive a maximum of $500 a year. “We are very grateful to build on our partnership with NOR- WESCAP and receive this gift to establish the NORWESCAP Legacy Fund. These funds can make the difference between whether a student drops out or remains in school. Ultimately this temporary infusion of funds can be a turning point in helping students achieve longterm sustainable change in their lives,” said RVCC President Michael J. McDonough. Approximately 20-25 percent of students enrolled at Raritan Valley Community College receive Pell Grants. The federal grant program is designed for low-income students, as well as students from middle-income families who are eligible to borrow funds. In addition, RVCC has seen an increase in students from ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households, who are struggling to pay for the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care and transportation, but don’t live below the poverty line. While Somerset and Hunterdon Counties are recognized as among the wealthiest areas in the country, many families have low-wage jobs and are experiencing economic hardship. As the cost of living dramatically increases, RVCC has recognized a growing problem of food and housing insecurity among RVCC students that stops students in their track, forcing them to choose between tuition and books, and rent and food. To address these needs, a group of faculty and administrators, led by professors Alicia Liss, Karen Gutshall-Seidman, and Karen Gaffney, has begun to coordinate advocacy efforts and has spearheaded the creation of a formal Resource Center on campus.

Community College Week welcomes e-mailed listings for the “Grants and Gifts” section. Submissions should be brief and include:

Dollar amount (or itemization of in-kind contributions) of the grant or gift

Who/what is giving or granting What the gift or grant will be used for 

Please send information to editor@ccweek.com with “Grants and Gifts” as the subject line.

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